PADEREWSKI VINEYARD

Travel just west of Paso Robles, and you will find Paderewski Vineyard: 67 acres of undulating, steep, limestone rich hillsides within 570 rural, spring-fed acres. In the early 1900’s, this vineyard was cherished and farmed by world-renowned pianist, Polish diplomat, and vintner, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Fast forward a century, and this property stood forgotten and fallow. Lucky for us, in 2004, we became the stewards of this amazing piece of property. With a specific vision and mission to bring this historic vineyard back to life, the Epoch story began…

Home to intense earth that bears little resemblance to typical California soils, this vineyard is filled with lean, rocky, and calcareous soil profiles. After carefully pairing the hillsides with their respective wine grape variety, the vineyard is planted with Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Grenache Blanc, and Picpoul Blanc. These vines are mostly grafted onto Phylloxera resistant Native American rootstock with the exception of a few blocks of Syrah and Grenache vines planted on their own rootstock.

 

Creating a patchwork of vines, the vineyard’s clone selections were carefully chosen to create the perfect match between soil and vine. In addition, the vineyard blocks were meticulously laid out based on their unique exposures, soil attributes, and mesoclimates. Today, you are able to taste the synergy created by the methodical planting decisions made in 2004, as each block is happily producing fruit specific to their exact location.

Just like our soils, our climate here is intense. The Paso Robles wine region benefits from the largest diurnal temperature swing of any region in California. Daily, temperatures can vary as much as 50 degrees Fahrenheit, creating the ideal environment for achieving that perfect acidity in ripening wine grapes. At Paderewski Vineyard, each warm afternoon is greeted with cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean sweeping east through the Templeton Gap, allowing our vines to take full advantage of Paso’s unique temperatures…

It is obvious to us why Ignacy Jan Paderewski sought out this exact location to plant his roots – both personally and for his vines. The breathtaking views, the soil composition, the climate, and the community are unlike any other wine region in the world. We are beyond humbled to call this property our own, and will continue to honor Paderewski’s legacy by cherishing these 570 acres and carrying out the vision we share for this land.

Vineyard Stats:

Planted: 2004
Acreage: 67 under vine, 350 total
Soils: limestone, calcareous, rocky
pH: low to mid 8
AVA: Paso Robles
District: Willow Creek
Red Varietals: Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Zinfandel
White Varietals: Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, and Viognier

CATAPULT VINEYARD

Directly in the heart of the Paso Robles’ Templeton Gap, near the acclaimed L’Aventure and Booker Vineyards, sits our Catapult Vineyard. In 2008 we came across 45 barren acres of extreme rocky soils packed with silicious shale and little limestone content. Just the type of soils we love; soils that encourage the vines to struggle while finding nourishment deep within the ground. The reward of this hardworking vine are berries packed with wicked complexity and intense flavors.

Though barely three miles from our Paderewski Vineyard, the pH level at Catapult Vineyard is in the high 5’s. A nice complement to the dirt over at “Rewski”. This pH difference, coupled with the cooler mesoclimate at Catapult allows for different flavor profiles from the fruit produced.

 

Staying true to our goals, the vineyard was planted after copious research of the soils and land exposures. It is important to us that the vines planted partner perfectly with the soils found within our vineyards; it just makes sense to us. Today, seven grape varieties — Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Tempranillo, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier – are planted to this plot of land that was born to be a vineyard.

Vineyard Stats:

Planted: 2008
Acreage: 28 under vine, 45 total
Soils: shale, clay, silt, rocky
pH: high 5s
AVA: Paso Robles
District: Willow Creek
Red Varietals: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Tempranillo
White Varietals: Grenache Blanc,Roussane, and Viognier

YORK MOUNTAIN VINEYARD

The York family had vineyards on this mountain, and now we do too! In the spring of 2015, after much dreaming and planning, we began planting vines at this “cool climate” site (colder than Burgundy). Located just seven miles from the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1,500 feet, this property falls in the small 640 acre York Mountain AVA, which is outside of the very large Paso Robles AVA.

The soils and climate are very different than our other two vineyards; we get to try our hand at sand and sandstone soils (some areas look like you are on the beach) along with a very moderate climate due to the even closer proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Due to the elevation and distance from the ocean, York Mountain receives more than twice the amount of rainfall as our other vineyards and has characteristic foggy mornings throughout the year with cool breezes all day long.

What are we planting? We like to keep with what we know and love best, and experiment a little. We have planted Syrah and Grenache mostly and hope to craft pure varietal expressions of these two Rhone grapes in our very different terroir. In addition, we will be growing a small amount of Viognier, Roussanne, Zinfandel and Cabernet. Bring on the spice, fresh fruit and bright acidity!

Vineyard Stats:

Planted: 2015
Acreage: 21 under vine
Soils: sand, fragmented and fractured sandstone
pH: high 4s to mid 6s
AVA: York Mountain
Red Varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon
White Varietals: Viognier and Roussanne